Welcome to the Understanding God’s Great Salvation Podcast. This is episode #77.
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to explain what it means to be saved from sin and from the punishment of sin through Jesus Christ. This podcast is primarily for non-believers and some new believers and it will help you understand what it means to be saved from hell and have a home in Heaven as well as the blessings of the abundant Christian life.
God made salvation simple. However, down through the years many people, including some preachers and other Christians, have made the matter of salvation complicated and confusing. I know from my own experience that many people would get saved if someone would sit down and share with them straightforwardly from the Bible what it really means to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. That is what I intend to do with this podcast.
Let’s start out with the Word of God. The Bible says in Matthew 11:28: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Today’s God’s Great Salvation quote is from James R. White. He said: “There is only one way of salvation. Men are sinful rebels against God, by nature, enemies of holiness and He who is holy. Dominated by sin, ruled over by evil, we are helpless to even drag ourselves toward the true and holy God, even if we wanted to! We are dead in sin. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love which he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-5). The Father, in His infinite mercy and grace, saved us in Christ Jesus.”
Our topic today is The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon (Part 8) from the book, “Salvation Crystal Clear” (Book 1) by Curtis Hutson.
Salvation does not depend upon our living but upon our looking. The text says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” The simplicity of salvation is “look.”
There’s light for a look at the Saviour,
And life more abundant and free!
“Look” does not mean simply to admit the historical Personage of Jesus as a fact. Everybody does that. Every time you date a check, you do that. But to look unto Jesus means to depend on Jesus.
Let me illustrate. Suppose the preacher cosigned for me to borrow money. When the due date came and the bank called and said, “The money is due,” I said, “I don’t have a dime. I can’t pay for it.”
So I call the preacher and say, “Preacher, they are going to lock me up in the morning if I don’t pay that bill.”
The preacher says, “Brother Curtis, don’t worry about it. Just look to me,” and hangs up the phone. What he meant by “look to me” is, “I’ve got it covered. I’ll take care of it, You depend on me.”
And when the Bible says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved,” it means, “Depend on Me. I’ve got it covered.” It means, “Trust Me.” It means, “Rely on Me.” There is a similar expression in the New Testament, in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
Martin Luther, the great reformer in Germany, translated the verse “off looking unto Jesus,” which means turning the head away from everything else and looking only to Jesus. It means looking away from my good life, looking away from ritual, looking away from ceremony, looking away from church membership, looking away from baptism—looking away from everything else and looking only to Jesus.
There is absolutely no promise in anybody’s Bible for those who partially look unto Jesus and partially look unto something else.
I got on a plane last week and flew out to Austin, Texas. I had to get completely on the plane, not halfway on the plane and halfway in the car. I couldn’t say to my wife, “Let me put one foot in the plane and keep one foot in the car, just in case the plane doesn’t make it.” Had I done that, when the plane took off, I would have been in a mess!
And the person who has one foot on Jesus Christ and one on something else, no matter what the something else is, is going to be in a mess when he dies. Salvation is not partially trusting Jesus, not partially looking unto Jesus; but salvation is wholly, completely looking unto Jesus.
I can’t save myself. The world can’t save me. The preacher can’t save me. The church can’t save me. Either Jesus saves me or I won’t be saved.
Looking unto Jesus means trusting Him completely. It means putting both feet on Jesus and having no claim and no hope of Heaven except the fact that Jesus Christ died for you and paid your sin debt in full.
Oh, the simplicity of salvation! “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.”
On our next broadcast, we will continue this topic, “The Text That Made Salvation Plain to Charles Spurgeon.”
Let’s Pray —
As we close today, let me leave you with these words from Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” I encourage you to not neglect the salvation and grace offered by God. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins and take the punishment that we deserve upon Himself. Romans 5:8 says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today, here is how.
Please believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. It’s just that simple.
Until next time, my friend, thank God for His simple, great salvation. God bless you!